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Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

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Women who live surrounded by nature live longer

Living near greenery can actually add a few years to your life, says a new study.

Lights on 17 mountains for suicide awareness

New Zealanders will light up the darkness on 17 mountaintops next month as a message of hope for families struggling to cope with suicides...

Peters: Govt policy fueling mental health issues in Far North

Northland MP Winston Peters says the National government's economic policies are stifling small town New Zealand and it's affecting...

The doctor won’t see you now: on NZ’s shameful mental health wait times

In the midst of a suicide crisis, why are people waiting so long for mental healthcare? Jack Close attempts to find out.

Two months ago I...

How do you connect with nature for wellbeing?

How do you connect with nature? And how does it make you feel?

A Buller group organising an event from 10 - 16 October to support...

Nigel Latta opens a critical national conversation in The Hard Stuff

Duncan Greive watches The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta, TVNZ’s new series that boldly explores some of the most complex issues facing New...

High demand from young for mental health services

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Young Kiwis seek mental health help 560,000 times in a year

Kiwi kids and teens sought help from mental health services more than 560,000 times in the past year.

Figures released to the Herald under...

How many of us are missing the signs that someone needs us?

OPINION: You don't have to look far to find a workshop or meeting to attend, or video clip to watch to to be aware of depressed and...

How should primary schools deal with suicide?

When is the appropriate age to talk about suicide at school, and what are the risks of discussing suicide in the classroom? Kathryn Ryan...

Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurch's mental health crisis

Five years on from the earthquakes, many expected the mental health of the population to have recovered. Instead, mental health problems...

Mental health hospitalisations rise sharply, but is that good - or bad?

The number of hospitalisations for mental health issues have risen sharply according to figures obtained by ONE News.

But officials...

Exclusive: leaked draft report calls 2016’s landmark mental health journalism ‘biased and inaccurate’

2016 has been a breakthrough year for mental health reporting around the country. Yet a draft report leaked to Jess McAllen – herself a...

Sad dads: Fathers coping with post-natal depression

Post-natal depression isn't just suffered by women who have given birth. It can also affect new dads, adoptive parents and IVF parents....

Running towards mental and physical wellbeing

If someone had told Jenni Chambers that she would take up running later in life, she probably would have fallen about laughing.

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Charlie working hard to break down barriers

Charlie working hard to break down barriers

Helping people in New Zealand’s Asian communities who are affected by mental illness is something close to Charlie Sheng Tang’s heart.

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